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How To Decorate With White 0

Hi guys, Shannon here. Today we are tackling a subject near and dear to my heart. White!

While I’m sure that you know that we at Tonic Living are major fans of colour and pattern, sometimes the power of white cannot be denied. This can be especially true for those of us that are constantly surrounded with vibrant hues and a cacophony of patterns on the daily. It can ground a space and create a feeling of calm and airiness, and who can argue with that?

Photo Lynne Knowlton

Generally I like to make sure the white of the fabric works with the other whites in the space, they all don’t have to match exactly, but basically if your white paint is cool, then stick to a cooler, truer white, like our Tuscany linen white. If your whites are a bit warm or creamy, then look for a fabric that has the same warm creamy quality, one of our favourites is the Tuscany linen oyster or our heavier Helsinki white.

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We recently collaborated with Brady Tolbert, from blogger Emily Henderson's team, on some beautiful white linen romans for his dreamy bedroom.

Take a look at the amazing project here. Don’t you just love that headboard too? 

photo Tessa Neustadt

One of our favourite pushers of white is none other than tree house decorator extraordinaire, Lynne Knowlton. Her restrained use of pattern and colour creates a dreamy and restful experience. Perfect for her tree house guests.

Take a look at Lynne’s amazing work with white in her home, tree house and airstream (yes I said airstream, and it's as cool as it sounds.)

photos Lynne Knowlton

Aren’t you dying to spend a night in that tree house now?

Next up designer Cameron MacNeil’s expert mix of traditional and contemporary in his own home, as seen in House and Home Magazine, also showcases the ability of white linen to project a cool and calm attitude. 

You can even take a tour of this space here

photo Alex Lukey/ House & Home magazine

I have to admit that in my own house I’ve used our Tuscany linen oyster for many of my windows, I love the natural flow of the linen and I always have the ability to change everything else in the room on a whim (much to my family’s dismay).

All these savvy design professionals have chosen to keep the colour and pattern to a minimum on their windows and let swaths of white texture tell their dreamy tale. So tell us, does white float your boat, or do you prefer a riot of colour and pattern on your windows ? (cause believe me we have that too) We always love to hear from you.

  • Shannon Cummins

This THURSDAY NIGHT Dec 15th - Shopping night 0


E x t e n d e d

shopping hours until 8pm! 

What a great chance to shop our pillows, gifts, self gifts
and more (there will be bargains)! 
Thursday  | Dec 15th
ALSO tip back some festive bubbles while you peruse our first pop up shop with Suite Hazen an eclectically curated boutique with unique accessories, small luxuries and giftable curiosities. 
  • Andrea Tait

Tiffany Pratt Book Signing Party! 0

Tonic Living invites you to an afternoon with HGTV star, designer
and stylist Tiffany Pratt as we celebrate the launch of her new
book This Can Be Beautiful.

Sunday, October 23rd - 2PM to 4PM
36 Northline Rd Unit 6, Toronto, ON M4B 3E2

RSVP by Oct 20th to : 
Please include your full name + number of guests everybody gets a cupcake!


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Tonic Living - How it all began 0

Hey, Janine here. Welcome to our blog!

I'm gonna tell you a bit about how it all began for Tonic Living...


Well, it started from a burning desire to do our "own thing" and it took off like a herd of wild animals hurling us into unknown territory of the Internet world in what I like to refer to as " the Wild West".

No rules, no borders , no manual and well, not like we were above the law or anything like that, but the feeling of being out there on a lone and vast terrain with a beautiful wide open sky was real and it brought us to today.

This latest website launch that you are on is the hard work of many creative and talented people who have seen and implicitly understood our vision. They have helped us bring to life our "web child's" ( does that sound creepy?! ) latest incarnation to a brighter, prettier and more open version.

One with more details, more inspiration and a with a spring in it's step. There are more facets to come ( seeds that we have planted) that we will continue to cultivate and "water" all while rolling out the latest new fabrics and products but with the hope of keeping the ease our store’s functionality intact.

I speak for our whole team when I say with such gratitude how much I appreciate your support over these years and if you've just found us then we're so glad you did.

We also love your patience in the launch of this site - I've been yammering on about for what feels like forever... and while we might have a few kinks to work out you know we're standing by and doing our darndest right?


Tiffany Pratt Pillows

Ok - let's go forth and enjoy this baby together! Share with your pals! And if you want to see my daily musings ( read: all things pillow + fabric with a smattering of travel ) then follow along here on Instagram!

Big Love to you all and thanks for coming by - xo Janine

Tonic Living fabrics

PS. Some people drop the "Living" when they talk about us but I always say the full name like a proud mother who insists on calling her kid by their full multi-syllable name. But hey - you can call us either way - we'll be glad to hear from ya 😘

  • Janine Morrison


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